189 Main Street
Falmouth, MA 02540
Yankee Magazine recently named this bookstore the Best Children’s Bookstore of New England. But they’re not only a children’s bookstore, you can find adult titles as well.
Carol Chittendon is the owner. She took over from her mother who opened this store in Falmouth, MA, one of the early communities and a traditional New England hamlet. That was twenty-three years ago.
There is a lot of social involvement at Eight Cousins, and one of the best ideas I saw at a bookstore was their very own version of The Giving Tree. Every year for the last sixteen, this store collects the names of children in need from social organizations in Falmouth and creates a tree for the holiday season. Customers and their children can then purchase a discounted book for the child and Eight Cousins sends the present along with a note.
According to Carol, business is cyclical and average sales in the summer are ten times that of daily sales in January or February, but that doesn’t mean this bookstore owner is any less busy. Says Carol, “When you have customers, you’re busy, but when you don’t you’re working twice as hard to get everything ready for them.”
If you visit be sure to pay special notice to the chair in front of the store. It’s custom-made, and represents each letter of the alphabet.
Eight Cousins is a pleasant book store to visit and reflects the affable nature of its owner.